After proclaiming to us the new citizenship we have in the kingdom of God, made only possible by God’s redemption, Paul then reminds us of the greatness of God, and the wonder of his reconciliation.
Paul reminds us here of how great Christ is because, in light of his greatness, everything else seems trivial. Money seems less important when the God created everything promises to provide for you. Your image seems less important when we realize that God has a story he is writing for us and wants to share. Our careers seem less like jobs and more like opportunities to share the gospel when I know my success or failure is completely in His hands. Knowing the greatness of God should leave me comfortable trusting Him to come through on his promises. The God who conquered sin and death is more than capable of handling anything our lives may encounter. We must learn to trust him, and what is doing.
This great God is the one who set out to reconcile everything to himself, as Paul describes to us. He wanted us back. We were lost and dead in sin and yet he came for us. He didn’t just come for us. He made peace by the blood of his cross. He stopped at nothing to bring us back, and when we know that He is willing to go to the cross for us, there should be no doubt about anything else he would do in our lives. He has proven his love, and the lengths he’s willing to go for our sake.
He’s proven his love. It’s up to us whether or not we choose to rest in it.